Chocolate Orange Party Mix

Happy Halloween! I have a sweet treat to share with you in celebration of the holiday: Chocolate Orange Party Mix. Whether you need a last-minute munchie for tonight or a clever way to use up your leftover candy on November 1st, this sweet and salty snack is a tasty, addictive choice you’ll want to revisit for future seasonal gatherings.

Chocolate Orange Party Mix. Sweet, salty, and perfect for Halloween! You can use halloween colored chocolates or swap out the colors for Christmas or your team's colors for game day.

This recipe is sponsored by ANGOSTURA® bitters.

I grew up eating my Aunt Sharon’s party mix every holiday season. Our whole fam flocks around the container, and it’s a common tactic to scoop some into plastic bags and stash it away for later.

In addition to its nostalgia factor, party mix is one of the most appropriately named recipes of all time. It is ideal for parties! Party mix is a snap to make in advance, you can scale it to any quantity, and, as my family’s behavior can attest, it’s a crowd-pleaser.

Chocolate Orange Party Mix. The perfect salty-sweet snack for parties or game day!

Party mix is also versatile, as it can be jazzed up with any number of spices and mix-ins. For the max addiction factor, I default to salty/sweet, like this Spicy Sweet Party Mix and my original Halloween Party Mix.

Today’s recipe maintains the balanced salt+sweet dynamic, with the added twist of another combo I grew up savoring: chocolate and orange.

Easy Chocolate Orange Party Mix. Chock full of pretzels, nuts, and candy pieces!

The orange flavor in this recipe is present but not overwhelming. It comes from two key ingredients: freshly grated orange zest and the light, bright citrus notes of ANGOSTURA® orange bitters.

Bitters are best known for their application in cocktails (a few dashes are a key ingredient in recipes like a Brandy Old Fashioned, for example), but it may come as a surprise that you can cook with them, too!

I was drawn to incorporating orange bitters in this party mix because they have a blend of spices and citrus that adds complex flavor notes to an otherwise ho-hum canvas. The orange bitters also pair well with the lighter flavors of honey and almond that I added to the recipe.

Chocolate Orange Party Mix. An easy party treat that's great for Halloween, Christmas, or other gatherings!

After making this party mix, I was so pleased with the way the bitters upped the taste factor, I fell down a bit of an internet rabbit hole and started reading about all kinds of different culinary applications for them, including marinating meat, jazzing up BBQ sauce and even flavoring cakes. Think of them like a cooking extract, used in the same way you would vanilla. So cool!

ANGOSTURA has been making its signature aromatic bitters for more than 190 years and they are an established staple in bar carts and pantries around the world. You can find more food and drink recipes and brand events on their blog, but don’t expect to come across the exact recipe. It’s an almost 200-year-old secret known by only FIVE people. Think I can barter some Chocolate-Orange Party Mix in exchange for it?

Easy Chocolate Orange Party Mix. Sweet, salty, and addictive! A great snack for big groups.

On the chocolate front, I kept it classic with dark chocolate candies. To make the mix festive, I used Halloween colors, but you can easily swap the colors to complement any occasion. At Christmas, I plan to use this same recipe with red and green candy instead and, for our next football game watch, I’ll use team colors.

Basically, I want any and all the excuses to make and devour Chocolate-Orange Party Mix. Try it and you will too!

Sweet and Salty Halloween Party Mix with Chex Cereal, Chocolate, and Orange
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Chocolate Orange Party Mix

Yield: 13 servings
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
Sweet and salty chocolate orange party mix with cereal, pretzels, and almonds. ADDICTIVE! Use holiday colored candies to make it festive for any occasion!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups square rice cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups bite-size pretzel twists
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon ANGOSTURA orange bitters
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup black and orange candy-coated chocolate pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 250°F. Line large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the cereal, pretzels and almonds in a large mixing bowl.

  2. In a small, microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup, melt the butter together with the orange bitters and honey. Once melted, stir until smooth, then stir in the orange zest and salt. Pour over the cereal mixture. Stir gently to coat, then spread the cereal mixture onto the prepared baking sheet.

  3. Bake for 40 minutes, or until the mixture is toasted and crunchy, stirring once or twice throughout. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on the baking sheet. Add to a serving bowl and toss with the chocolate candies. Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Holiday Snack Mix, Party Mix

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (0.5cup) — Calories: 178, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Carbohydrates: 22g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 10g, Protein: 4g

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6 comments

  1. That sounds intriguing and also good. Will have to give it a try! Thanks for your recipe.

  2. Made this recipe with extra Halloween candy we had bought for trick or treaters and it was so surprising and yummy! I think I”d like plain chocolate in it for the candy best but it was also yummy with Rolos. Definitely trying it again for Christmas, yum! I liked that it was familiar and different at the same time.

  3. Love this spooky party mix!

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